NAME THAT HERB - Katja Görts, DVM, CVA, CVC, CVCH
This herb is a perennial evergreen plant that belongs to the family of Lamiaceae. It is indigenous to the Mediterranean but am cultivated all over the world. Its name comes from the Latin word for “to wash” and it is a popular component in soaps, bath products and perfumes.
Parts used are the leaf, the blossom and the essential oil. The herb contains several potential active constituents such as cineol, camphor, borneol and tannins.
Though this herb is not used in TCVM its energetics would be aromatic, bitter, slightly acrid and slightly warm.
Clinical research supports that the herb has analgesic, anti-inflammatory antibacterial, antifungal, anticancer, antifungal, cardiovascular, endocrine, musculoskeletal, neurological and wound-healing effects.
It can be used to treat mood disturbances such as anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, indigestion and colic. Topically there is evidence that this herb is effective against mites and as a mild anesthetic and anti-inflammatory treatment for skin lesions. In aromatherapy it is appreciated for its calming effect on the heart.
The name of the herb is Lavendula angustifolia or Lavender.